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Game of Kings, The by Dorothy Dunnett

Game of Kings, The (1961)

by Dorothy Dunnett

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Title:Game of Kings, The
Authors:Dorothy Dunnett
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It's very difficult to review a book that has been a favourite for nearly thirty years... but this is one masterpiece of swashbuckling, romantic and serious literary history. Lymond is without a doubt the hero of all heroes, clever, complex, witty, athletic, sarcastic (oh, how!) and high minded. Even after multiple re-reads, there's always something, some turn of phrase that springs to the fore and delights. ( )
  jkdavies | Jun 14, 2016 |
Magnifique! Once I got inside the rhythm and intent of the tale I was riveted. Dunnett wanted to create the consummate romantic hero, as I understand it, and in Crawford of Lymond she has succeeded. With a masterfully twisty plot, she never lets up on wit or character development and can handle a swordfight as well as an excruciating courtroom scene. The [Lymond Chronicles] were written between 1961 and 1975 and they are not one whit dated. Most remarkably the women characters are unfailingly as varied, memorable, and fully involved as any of the men. If you like your history served up with swashbuckle and wit, and a dash of mystery, you will be enthralled. The narrator, Napier, took a little getting used to at first with his sometimes drawly accent and a habit of dropping downwards at the end of a sentence but around the same time I warmed utterly to the story, I began to think he was just the right choice. *****

If you do listen, what sounds like the name "McClue" is "Buccleuch". It's really a sort of hard M with aa hint of B in it. I never had a "ccleuch" before how to pronounce it! ( )
  sibyx | Apr 17, 2016 |
The start of the best historical fiction series EVER! ( )
  NinaBerry | Mar 3, 2016 |
This first book in Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles is a great read. It did, however, take me the first 100 pages to become accustomed to Dunnett's writing style, but once I did I was hooked. Dunnett has created a memorable group of characters (particularly the hero, Lymond) and situated them in an intriguing period of Scottish history; the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series. ( )
  Melissa_J | Jan 16, 2016 |
16th century Edinburgh, Scotland (1547). The Game of Kings sets the stage for the subsequent five additional volumes in the Lymond series. Master Francis Crawford of Lymond is the anti-hero with "elastic morals." He is smart, funny, sarcastic and knows how to steal, kill, and charm. I'm sure he's handsome, too. That is, if you like blondes. Dunnett refers to Lymond's golden or yellow head quite frequently. Crawford has a chip on his shoulder. His reputation is shot and everyone is after him, friend and foe alike. He's a scapegoat with a band of misfits (some not to be trusted) who traverse the countryside trying to clear his name. There are enough characters and subplots to make your head spin, but stick with Lymond! He'll cheer you up.
If you read Game of Kings make sure you pick up the Vintage publication. Dunnett wrote her own foreword and confesses that the text has been "freshened." Having not read other versions I have no idea what has been "freshened." ( )
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Praised for her historical fiction by critics and devoted fans alike, author Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles took the romance world by storm some 30 years ago, firmly fixing Dunnett's reputation as a master of the historical romance. The Game of Kings, the first story in The Lymond Chronicles, sets the stage for what will be a sweeping saga filled with passion, courage, and the endless fight for freedom. The setting is 1547, in Edinborough, Scotland. Francis Crawford of Lymond returns to the country despite the charge of treason hanging over his head. Set on redeeming his reputation, He leads a company of outlaws against England as he fights for the country he loves so dearly. Dangerous, quick-witted, and utterly irresistible, Lymond is pure pleasure to watch as he traverses 16th-century Scotland in search of freedom. The Game of Kings is a must-have for the historical romance connoisseur.

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Francis Crawford of Lymond, a notorious outlaw, returns to Scotland in 1547. He announces his arrival by setting fire to his estranged brother's castle. He then turns his attention to breaching Edinburgh's gates, which have been sealed to keep out British invaders.… (more)

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